Food News: Jerky’s brings Jamaican fare to Short North; Bandit opens for dine-in

Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Erin Edwards
Chef Tedroy McKenzie

Openings & Announcements

The Short North area is adding Jamaican cuisine to its mix. Owner Sanjiv Bacchas said Jerky’s Jamaican Grill will hold its grand opening, Friday, Dec. 3, at 1247 N. High St., just south of Campus. The restaurant opens at noon on Friday, Dec. 3, with the first 100 customers receiving half-off their entire purchase. Chef Tedroy McKenzie’s authentic Jamaican menu features entrées such as jerk chicken, curry goat, escovitch fish and jerk shrimp pasta, plus patties, coco bread, soups and more. 

Bandit, the pizza-focused reincarnation of Rockmill Tavern, has opened for dine-in at 503 S. Front St. After Rockmill Tavern shut down in May to regroup, this sibling business of Rockmill Brewery reopened in the Brewery District space with a new identity and a more takeout-friendly menu in September. Along with the opening of its dining room, Bandit is offering an expanded menu of small plates, shareables and cocktails, in addition to a selection of artisan pizzas designed to pair with wine and Rockmill beer. "Our team has worked hard to reopen our doors and dining room,” owner Matthew Barbee said in a press release. “It’s been great to hear from and see many of our long-time customers, and we’re looking forward to serving them in person.” The restaurant is open 4-9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for dinner and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Bandit’s carryout service will continue, and delivery launched this week. 

Smash Brothers Sliders officially launches today (Thursday, Dec. 2) at The Ohio Taproom (1291 W. Third Ave.). The food truck will serve beef smashburger sliders (either classic or with jalapeño-based Angry Sauce), tater tots and more. Learn more here.  

The Light of Seven Matchsticks (5601 N. High St.) is throwing a Repeal Day party to mark the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and the release of its new cocktail menu. The Worthington bar (located below Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza) invites customers to show up in their best 1920s attire. Tickets to the party include raffle entry, a welcome punch and live music by the Whirlybirds. The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. Get your tickets here.  

There has been a spate of local restaurant break-ins of late. Businesses impacted include: The Sycamore in German Village, Martha’s Fusion Kitchen in Linden, Basic Biscuits, Kindness, Coffee in Grandview and Chocolate Café in Fifth by Northwest. 

Lumin Skybar & Kitchen recently unveiled new rooftop igloos for the holiday season. Located on the eighth floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown (517 Park St.), the heated dining igloos are available by reservation only and can seat up to 10 people. Rental starts at $350 for a minimum of two hours from Sunday to Thursday; Friday and Saturday rates are $500 for a minimum of two hours. 


Citing labor challenges, the owner of Granville’s SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches announced on Facebook that the business will close this month after five years. Its last day at 115 N. Prospect St. is expected to be Dec. 19.